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British Columbia, Canada Invites more and more Candidates to Apply

February 2017, 25
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British Columbia, Canada Invites Candidates
In just one week British Columbia has opened the draw to invite candidates to apply for permanent residency twice, an upturn in the number of draws and candidates who receive an ITA (Invitation to Apply) for Permanent Residency. The purpose of each draw is to invite candidates who qualify for one of the federal Express Entry and the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) immigration schemes and achieve above the set Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points threshold. Recently the number of draws and candidates invited has increased and the threshold of points required to be invited has decreased as Canada accepts more and more applicants.

The latest draw for British Columbia happened February 23, with the previous draw on February 17. The February 23 draw issued 343 ITA’s for candidates to immigrate to the province through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). The February 17 draw invited, 459 candidates.  On February 23 eight candidates for the Entrepreneur Immigration stream were invited and 335 under sub- categories of the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). 

The SIRS system allows British Columbia to prioritize candidates for provincial nomination. Applicants must meet eligibility criteria and for this stream be willing to accept an offer of indeterminate, full-time employment from a BC employer who is willing to support the candidate through the BC PNP process. 

Most of the candidates receiving an ITA on February 23 were international graduates who had completed their studies in Canada and applied under the Skills Immigration – International Graduate scheme.  Students in this stream must have graduated from a Canadian University or college within two years of applying to the BC PNP. Applicants do not necessarily require work experience but do need a job offer from a Canadian employer.

The previous draw on February 17 saw invitations from a wider mix of immigration streams including the skilled worker, graduate and entry-level and semi-skilled streams. 

For information on the federal and provincial immigration schemes for Canada and British Columbia and their full eligibility criteria visit the Government of Canada website.

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